Would you mind introducing yourself? Hej, my name is Tilo Pentzin. I‘m a graphic designer based in Rostock. I grew up in Northern Germany just a stone‘s throw away from the Baltic Sea. After a short intermezzo with Hamburg and Berlin, I am back at the coastline now.
Tilo’s Instagram - @tilopentzin
How would you describe your style of photography? I don‘t think I‘ve settled on my own style yet. I love the mixture of minimalistic photography and nature. In particular, my heart belongs to the sea, which strongly impacts my work and is often seen in the pictures. Important parts of my photographs are the motif itself as well as the composition and the capturing of the moment. My pictures are also influenced by the current dose of inspiration, the light that surrounds me and the motif I am going to shoot. If it comes to categories, I would describe my work as landscape, documentary, travel and abstract photography.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? My first intense contact with photography was during my undergraduate studies in communication design and media. For doing my homework I bought a second-hand reflex camera and was immediately fascinated by the newly discovered opportunities. From that time on photography has grown to a passionate hobby of mine.
What fascinates you the most about photography? What I find particularly fascinating about outdoor photography is that it offers the opportunity to capture a moment that probably won‘t return. The variables time, light, position of the sun, weather and the motif - all this is unique. I think in times of analogue photography it was a bit more exciting and somehow more valuable because the technical aids were not yet so advanced and the timing for the perfect shot had to be even more precise. For me, photography enables the visual exchange and the transmission of my own perspective and point of view. This is practical and fabulous.
Who/What inspires your photography? There are many sources and influences, for example, creative people in my environment, sophisticated design, tasty food, music, exhibitions, well-designed magazines, the sea and being on the road with the van. When travelling, my eyes are much more open and the blinders of everyday life are removed. I love to soak up a lot of impressions and try to convert them into a pleasant output.
What kind of camera do you use? I have already tried cameras of different types and ages: analogue and digital, 35 mm and medium format. In my opinion, both types, analogue and digital, have their own appeal and work pretty well. Some years ago I much more appreciated the analogue world, but over the past three years, I‘ve made friends with digital photography too. But I still use analogue Leica-R lenses in combination with my Fujifilm X-T10. This combines the best of both worlds and adds a fine retro touch to the pictures. In my experience, this fusion also produces a very special bokeh. For shots in the water I currently use my Nikonos V and since last summer I also have an underwater housing for my digital camera.
What‘s your editing process like? Editing is an important part of my photography. It offers me the opportunity to perfect and correct the colours and composition of my pictures. I use Lightroom and I try to create a bright and colourful analogue film look. The editing process is almost as exciting for me as shooting the pictures.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Just go out and shoot the things you’re passionate and excited about. Take time for observing nature and your surroundings and try to make them look even more exciting. For this purpose, it is useful to study the light, but learn to compose, too. I also recommend discovering all the controllers of Lightroom. It‘s such a powerful tool that offers many opportunities to refine your pictures.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? Ansel Adams, Martin Parr, Andreas Gursky, Chris Burkard and Dan Tom to name some well-known examples. But there are so many talented guys out there, who don‘t get that much attention, for example, Volkmar Herre. He is very inspiring to me. Obviously, there are so many more great geniuses, but these are the first that come to my mind.
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you wish more people knew about? There are some people in my closer environment who inspire me a lot and whose work I appreciate very much. Especially through this platform I‘ve got to know and love them. I recommend everyone to take a look at the profiles of @tombrueck, @felixpams, @dan_petermann, @lars_plessentin, @my_ro_, @ezgipolat, @olgadelaiglesia, @daniellfaro, @tobias.faisst, @movel, @jan_kapitaen, @primozzorko, @larsschneidervisuals, @annadorotheaker and @studioamosfricke.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? There are still many places in the world that I would like to see and capture with my camera. Most of my dream destinations are islands, for example, the Azores, the Faroe Islands, Hawaii and Iceland of course. My photographic bucket list also includes more surf and water photography. But when I arrive on the beach, the hunger for waves is usually too big, and I feel more like standing on my board than being the photo buoy.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? That’s hard to say. Every season definitely has its own charm. The tones and mood of autumn are very beautiful, the clear light and minimalism of winter, the long days of summer with pale light conditions around sunset and sunrise and the awakening of nature and the positive energy of spring after a long cold winter are also great. So there is definitely no favourite season and I suppose it would be boring to shoot pictures just in one.
The coolest place you‘ve ever been? The most exotic place was definitely Colombia. The whole country is incredibly diverse and has almost all kinds of nature you can imagine: dense jungle, high mountains and stunning beaches with the Pacific coast being very humid and isolated in contrast to the sunny Caribbean. Another big highlight was the Argentinian part of Patagonia and Buenos Aires. Beyond that Northern Europe occupies a special place in my heart.
Anything extra you would like to share? I would like to thank Russell Harness for the great opportunity to introduce myself and a part of my work here. I feel honoured and very happy. Hippo Magazine is an awesome institution and I am curiously following all the artists featured.
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